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Lisa enjoys a close working relationship with her clients.  She is passionate about providing quality, cost effective legal services, with a strong focus on risk management.
Lisa’s practice focuses on advising employers on employment matters and defending them in administrative, federal and state court claims.  Her practice also involves advising health care professionals on business practices and confidentiality issues; defending lawyers in professional negligence claims; reviewing and drafting employment contracts; and drafting independent contractor agreements.
Lisa has served on the American Arbitration Association arbitration panel since 1992. She also serves as a mediator and arbitrator for the Arbitration Service of Portland and the Oregon State Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Program. Having litigated cases for many years, Lisa enjoys the opportunity to use her skills as a mediator, arbitrator and facilitator to assist parties in resolving their disputes and helping them avoid the agony and expense of litigation. Lisa’s extensive litigation experience enables her to successfully facilitate internal employment disputes before these internal conflicts escalate into litigation.  She also investigates internal employment complaints relating to harassment, discrimination, retaliation and other employment matters.
Lisa is a frequent speaker on employment law issues.  She conducts both private and public trainings as well as a three day Internal Investigation Certificate Program for seminars. Recent comments from attendees include: “Lisa kept it interesting.” “Lisa kept people talking and interacting and she always took the time to answer questions. She was a great instructor.” “Lisa is an expert. Her wealth of knowledge and willingness to share her experiences is very valuable.”
Lisa has the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell for her legal abilities and professional ethics. She is currently Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, serves on the Oregon State Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Executive Committee, and is the Marketing Chair for the Defense Research Institute’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

Lisa’s prior experience includes a broad range of litigation including insurance defense, domestic relations, personal injury for both plaintiff and insurance companies, review of commercial leases, as well as commercial litigation involving business disputes, real property, and patent and trademark litigation.


  • Independent Contractors or Employees? - Oregon State Bar: Professional Liability Fund, April 2016




  • Confidentiality and Release of Medical Records - Chapter of the Oregon Health Law Manual, Oregon State Bar, 2011


  • Lawyer Directed Investigations - Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Center of the Circle, December 2010


  • Internal Investigations –, November 2018
  • ADR In Employment Law – 4th Annual Professional Skills Program, October 2018
  • Sexual Harassment Investigations Training - Bullard Law, April 2018
  • Preparing for Arbitrations and Mediations: Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Session 2 - Bullard Law, April 2018
  • How to Draft a Custom Dispute Resolution Clause: Beyond the Basics - 24th Annual Dispute Resolution Conference, March 2018
  • Arbitration Agreements as a Valuable Risk Management Tool for Employers: Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Session 1 - Bullard Law, March 2018
  • Internal Investigations - HR Training Center, February 2018


  • Oregon State Bar: Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee CLE, December 2017
  • Guidelines for Conducting Internal Investigations - Bureau of Labor and Industries 33rd Annual Conference, November 2017
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace - Bullard Law Annual Briefing, October 2017
  • The Art of Drafting an ADR Clause: Best Practices and Pitfalls to Avoid - American Arbitration Association, August 2017
  • Independent Contractors or Employees? - OWLS Contract Lawyers Discussion Group, May 2017
  • Caregivers v. Independent Contractors - ALCA, May 2017
  • Internal Investigations - HR Training Center, February, April and November 2017


  •  Internal Investigations - HR Training Center, April and October 2016


  • Ban the Box, Marijuana, New Sick Leave, DOT OT Rules - Tillamook Chamber of Commerce, October 2015
  • Risk Management Lessons from the Litigation Battlefield - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2015
  • Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying in the Workplace - Tillamook Chamber of Commerce, February 2015


  • Documentation Guidelines & Procedures - Tillamook Chamber of Commerce, November 2014
  • Risk Management in the Employment Relationship - Bureau of Labor and Industries 30th Annual Employment Law Conference, November 2014
  • The Interplay between FMLA, Workers’ Compensation and the ADA - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2014


  • ADA Updates - Bureau of Labor and Industries 29th Annual Employment Law Conference, December 2013
  • Contract Attorneys: Managing Expectations and Getting Paid - Oregon Women Lawyers, November 2013
  • Employment Law for Attorney Employers - Clackamas Women Lawyers, November 2013
  • Auditing Your Employment Practices - Oregon Restaurant Lodging Association, October 2013
  • Under Investigation: A Guide to Conducting Workplace Investigations - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2013
  • So You Have Been Sued: Understanding the Litigation Process for Human Resource Professionals, Managers and Supervisors - Bullard Workshop, August 2013


  • Independent Contractor or Employee? Why does it Matter? -  Bureau of Labor and Industries 28th Annual Employment Law Conference, November 2012
  • Social Media in the Workplace -  Blue Mountain Human Resources Management Association, October 2012
  • Hiring, Firing, and Employment Law - Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association Annual Convention, September 2012


  • Separation of Employment - National Business Institute, December 2011
  • Internal Investigations - National Business Institute, December 2011
  • Sexual Harassment: Strategies for Prevention - Bureau of Labor and Industries 27th Annual Employment Law Conference, December 2011
  • Performance Evaluations & Disciplinary Actions - Morrison Child & Family Services, November 2011
  • Tips and Traps - Oregon State Bar, November 2011
  • Don’t Let Your Business Drown in the Rising Tide of Employment Lawsuits - Women in Business, October 2011
  • The Role of Alternative Dispute Resolution in State v. Federal Court - National Business Institute, October 2011
  • Top 10 Mistakes When Drafting an Employee Handbook -  Portland Human Resource Management Association, Special Interest Group, October 2011
  • Top 10 Employer Mistakes Resulting in Litigation and How to Avoid Them - Bullard Roundtable, August and September 2011
  • Employment Law for Law Firms - Oregon State Bar, September 2011
  • Litigation Training for New Attorneys - Direct and Cross Exam - Professional Liability Fund Conference, August 2011
  • Has Your Business Had Its Annual Law Employment Checkup? - Tualatin Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting, July 2011
  • The New ADA Regulations - Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School 2011 Annual Employment Law Update, June 2011
  • Disability Law Class - Willamette Law School, April 2011
  • Mental Health Records; Confidentiality of Medical Records; Responding to Subpoenas - Medical Education Services-Professional Development Network, April 2011
  • Responding to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission & State Agency Charges - Bullard Roundtable, April 2011
  • Harassment, Disciplinary Action and Discharge; ADA and FMLA - Metro Sergeants Academy, March 2011


  • Protecting Employers and Human Resources Managers - Bureau of Labor and Industries 26th Annual Employment Law Conference, December 2010
  • EEOC & BOLI Claims “Responding to EEOC and State Agency Charges” - National Business Institute, November 2010
  • Legal Issues in Behavioral Health in Oregon - Medical Education Services-Professional Development Network, April 2010
  • So, You are Going to be Deposed…Now What? - Bullard Boot Camp, March 2010
  • Employee Handbooks, March 2010
  • Auditing Your HR Practices, January and February 2010


  • Auditing Your HR Practices - Bureau of Labor and Industries 25th Annual Employment Law Conference, December 2009
  • Employment Litigation - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Briefing,October 2009 
  • Auditing Your Employment Practices in Times of Economic Uncertainty - Bullard Workshop, July 2009
  • Record Keeping for Employers - Bullard Boot Camp, March 2009


  • Privacy Issues in the Workplace/Legal Hiring/Discipline and Discharge/Multi-Generational Workforce - Bureau of Labor and Industries 24th Annual Employment Law Conference, December 2008
  • Recordkeeping for Employers - HR That Works Webinar, October and November 2008
  • Morrison Child & Family Services Brown Bag Lunch (Regular Series), September 2008
  • What Happens When You Are Sued? How to Survive a Lawsuit and Learn from the Experience - Bullard Workshop, August 2008
  • Reductions in Force - Worklaw Webinar, April 2008


  • Proactive Measures Equate to Safeguards - National Business Institute, December 2007
Notable Cases
  • Medlock v. Safeway, summary judgment in U.S. District Court, Case No. CV 09-1236-HU
  • Bremmer v. Safeway, summary judgment in Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 0810-15431
  • Houston v. Safeway, summary judgment in Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 080507682
  • Elek v. Safeway Inc., summary judgment in U.S. District Court, District of Oregon Case No. CV 07-6219-TC
  • Gendron v. Safeway, Inc., Tillamook County Circuit Court Civil Case No. 000-2034; summary judgment on class action
  • Roskowski v. Corvallis Police Officers Association, summary judgment in U.S. District Court Case No. CV 00474-AS
  • Ledbury v. Safeway Inc., summary judgment in Deschutes County Case No. 04 CV 0225 ST
  • Whitney v. Safeway Inc., summary judgment in U.S. District Court Case No.: 3-02-01714-AI
  • Klar v. Safeway Inc., summary judgment; Johnson v. Care Medical Equipment, U.S. District Court Case No. CV 03-175 MO

Arbitration Matters​
  • Sanderson v. Petal Pusher/Meyers, April 2016
  • Markee Valuations v. Ensminger/Alpine Payment Systems, March 2016
  • Earp v. Quinstreet, Inc./Seevers, December 2015
  • Cathey v. Blackhawk Network, August 2015
  • Sainfort v. Chipman, June 2015
  • Kivel & Howard v. Sterling Furniture Company, March 2015
  • Pearlstein v. Rare Quality/Hardesty, January 2015
  • Gayle/Gayle v. H&R Block, January 2015
  • Kimball v. U-Haul Company of Oregon, March 2014
  • Hill v. Stephens, February 2014
  • Vanderhouwen & Associates v. Evergreen International, December 2013
  • UniFirst Corporation v. A&S Auto Sales, October 2013
  • B-4 Logistics v. Star Light Carriers, October 2013
  • Rivas v. H&R Block, July 2013
  • Resnick v. AT&T Mobility, February 2013
  • Taylor v. Slinde Nelson Stanford, November 2012
  • McMillan v. Li Ning USA, October 2012
  • Myss v. Bottini, September 2012
  • Gospodinovic v. Naito, March 2011
  • Cetina v. Filter LLC, November 2009
  • McFerrian & Johnson v. Murphy, July 2009
  • Roth/Brown v. Columbia River Bank, May 2009
  • Lloyd v. Go, July 2008
  • Asadouorian v. Kuni German Motors, February 2008